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Gravity and 12 Years A Slave lead Bafta race

Published on Jan 9, 2014 8:51 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Space drama Gravity received 11 Bafta nominations on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014, one more than the hotly-tipped 12 Years A Slave as Britain's equivalent awards pointed the way to Oscars glory.

Gravity star Sandra Bullock was nominated for best actress, while Mexico's Alfonso Cuaron is in the running for best director.

The nominations offered further indications of the strong Oscar chances of 12 Years A Slave, whose British filmmaker Steve McQueen was named in the best director category.

The film's star Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays a free black man who is kidnapped and forced into slavery, was nominated for the leading actor gong, while Michael Fassbender and rising Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o received nods for their supporting roles.

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